U-Mary Music Ensembles to Go on Tour

Bismarck, ND - The University of Mary Music Department will be touring Eastern North Dakota and Western Minnesota performing free concerts.

• 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 26, at Sacred Heart Church, East Grand Forks, MN
• 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Detroit Lakes, MN
• 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 28, at the Basilica of Saint James, Jamestown, ND

Each concert will feature the University Concert Band, under the direction of Dennis Gowen, and the Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Tom Porter.

The Concert Band will perform a variety of works, including "Hungarian Dance No. 6" by Brahms and a tribute to American composer Aaron Copland. Of special interest is a contemporary piece for band, "Noah," by composer and Montana native, Russ Newbury.

"I've chosen some wildly exciting band selections for our tour," added Gowen. "We are thrilled to have a chance to share our music and the talents of our students with all in attendance."

The 68-member Concert Choir will perform works from chant to contemporary, including a rousing version of the American folksong "Cindy," an arrangement of a Mongolian folksong, "Magnificent Horses," and the stunning "Ave Maria" for men's voices, by German composer Franz Biebl. The 11-member Vocal Jazz Ensemble will perform "Words" by the Scandinavian ensemble, The Real Group, and a jazz arrangement of the traditional folk song, "Scarborough Fair."

"This is an exciting program for the singers as well as the audience," according to conductor Tom Porter. ‘From the tender melodies of Lauridsen's ‘O nata lux' to the thrilling conclusion of ‘Magnificent Horses,' the audience will enjoy the variety of sounds and emotions of the ensemble."

The University of Mary is a private, liberal arts university located in Bismarck, ND. In May 2012, in celebration of its new campus in Rome, the University of Mary music ensembles will be touring Italy performing various musical works.

For more information, call (701) 355-8301, email [email protected] or visit the Website umary.edu/music.